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NWMCOG Planning Director and Northwest Michigan Works! Recognized for Economic Development Efforts


Northwest Michigan Works! and Matt McCauley, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments Director of Regional Planning and Community Development, each received special recognition at the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) annual luncheon April 11 in Petoskey.


McCauley was recognized for his “outstanding leadership and support of economic development in northern Michigan.” Former NLEA Board Chairman Sheridan Rhoads said McCauley is “a tremendous resource” and described him as “our go to guy at the Council of Governments.” Rhoads also said McCauley’s “leadership, expertise and positive relationships have played an important part in moving the NLEA region forward.”

McCauley received his award from Governor Rick Snyder who was the keynote speaker at the luncheon.





Northwest Michigan Works! was recognized for being one of seven key partners in the development of the Mobile Digital CNC Fabrication Training Lab also known as the “FAB LAB.” The Lab was selected as the NLEA 2014 Economic Development Project of the Year. Northwest Michigan Works! and the other key partners collaborated with over a dozen businesses and organizations to create the lab to help address the shortage of trained CNC machinists in northern Michigan.


Northwest Michigan Works! Chief Operating Officer Janie McNabb accepted the Project of the Year Award from Governor Snyder.






The NLEA Project of the Year included these key partners: 

  • Northwest Michigan Works!
  • Precision Edge Surgical Products
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners
  • Char-Em ISD
  • Northern Lakes Economic Alliance


Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission